September 2015 - Pretty In Bronze

Sunday, September 27, 2015

One Year Anniversary! + Makeup Video
September 27, 20151 Comments
Hello everyone! Today is a special blog post for me because I just celebrated my one year anniversary with my boyfriend Steven and I want to summarize what we did and hopefully it doesn't sound braggy- I'm just super happy about it.  To start off the celebration we had already purchased our gifts for each other. I bought him his favourite cologne that he believed wasn't available anywhere out of New York (he's strange and doesn't actually do online research for these types of things unless it's car related) so I found it on the Burberry website and ordered it from the UK. For my present Steven bought be an amazing Rose Gold ring pictured below (The pink stone is Morganite and the others are diamonds)

I also attempted to vlog and will most likely be putting one up in the middle of the week (the weekends are just for the beauty related videos) so if you're interested you can see what I do on a day to day basis over a few days (I'm a really boring person and ramble a lot).

I filmed a makeup video for what I did for that night. Unfortunately the day fell on a Thursday so we only had the chance to go to a movie so I decided that because my skin was really good that I wasn't going to do foundation and just focus on the eyes and lips. We ended up watching the scorch trials and Spoiler alert if you haven't read the book but zombies? I HATE THEM IF I KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO BE IN THAT MOVIE I NEVER WOULD'VE GONE. But it was good. I just have an irrational fear of zombies considering I never watched anything with zombies before and constantly have nightmares of them. But Dylan O'Brien is bae basically (Steven was not happy about my little squeal when he popped up on the screen).

Anyways- here's the video!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

First Fall Tutorial of 2015 ~ Colour Series Orange
September 20, 2015 2 Comments
Hello beauties and welcome (especially to those of you from Beau Bloggers!) This post is more of a video post (as per usual), but this is my first fall tutorial for 2015! I used mainly drugstore (and drugstore priced) products for my look mixed in with a few higher end basics that I always use. Here's the actual video and for those of you who would rather not watch the video tutorial I can explain the basic products that I used.  I've linked the higher end products down below the video.


Face (Most not shown in video)


There really isn't any explaining to do to attain this look. If you aren't watching the tutorial you're probably better at makeup than I am and understand how to apply the makeup. Basically I started with the dark brown from the pallette in the crease, which honestly I regret doing as it made the orange not show up as much as I would've liked. Thankfully the makeup geek shadow is crazy pigmented so it ended up well. The eyeliner was a huge fail considering it's starting to dry out and I cannot for the life of me do well with my eyeliner while filming, but It's just a regular wing.

Summer Makeup Look ~ Day Time ~ Collaboration with nataliexx
September 20, 20150 Comments
Hello all! This week is an exciting video because it's in collaboration with another beauty vlogger on youtube!  Check the video out on youtube and look at the description box for her info!

Work Appropriate Makeup and Outfits - Business/Casual
September 20, 20150 Comments
Hello all (maybe one or two of you)! I wanted to make a helpful video and blog post for those of you that are in my position work wise. I currently work full time at my university as a Copyright Clerk, which requires me to dress professionally. In the past I've always worked in retail so my outfits were always well... casual. The only job I worked at before this one was professional, but I worked from home so I usually just wore PJ's. Here's the video I made and if you prefer reading check below for a quick list of tips and pics!

Makeup Guide:

  • As much of a natural looking foundation as possible. Unfortunately cake face is frowned upon in the professional world of business. Most employers don't want you wearing a lot of makeup and the first step to that is a lightweight foundation or a higher coverage BB cream. I personally use just concealers in my problem areas because I work at a desk and the only people I meet with are professors who don't care what I look like, but if I can get their stuff done quickly.

Eye Makeup:

Go natural. Light browns, peaches, champagne colours are best. Avoid shimmery/glittery eyeshadow and going too dark. Just using a colour base such as a MAC paint pot like I do (sometimes with a light brown in the crease, especially on Fridays).  This will block out the veins and discolouration

  • Mascara: This you don't have to worry about. Just don't do too many layers and make it look too clumpy. One or two layers is plenty. Also, no falsies unless you work in a field where it would make sense.
  • Liner: Tightlining is perfectly acceptable, but winged liner and putting black liner in your water line is generally a no no when it comes to being professional in a business type job. There's really no use and a lot of time employers might think you're trying too hard. 
  • Lipstick: Nudes (not "I just came back from the dead" or "this matches my foundation nude"), natural pinks, and sometimes even red lipstick are the way to go. I'd say make sure your red lipstick has a warmer undertone or it might draw too much attention to the rest of your makeup.

The Rest:
  • Bronzer: Bronzing up your face a little bit (keyword: LITTLE) is perfectly fine, but seriously. Don't go crazy carving out your face. Though it may look amazing and glam, that's not what your job is. Unless it is and you work in the field of makeup then go as crazy and glamorous as you want. But if you're working in business like me stick to minimal.
  • Blush: Same rule as bronzer, just as natural as you can get and stay away from shimmer. You don't want to go overboard with the pink stuff.
  • Brows: Just make them as natural as you possibly can. Try not to make the lines too perfectly straight or make your brows too dark. Also don't carve them out. While brows frame your face, they won't help you in your career.

Outfit guide:

  • One black
  • One skin tone/nude/possibly brown
  • One fun colour (in my case hot pink)
The black and nude will work with a lot of different coloured shirts (to wear underneath) and accessories (necklaces, bracelets, rings), but nothing too crazy!

With the fun colour you should only wear this once in a while, but when you do I highly recommend wearing either a white or black shirt with it. Here's an awkward iPhone pic from when I wore this to a job interview.

  • Black dress pants
  • Regular black pants
  • Khaki
  • Skirts

Black dress pants and regular pants are a no brainer when it comes to business/casual. Though they aren't actually that easy to find. I personally prefer the regular pants because they aren't as flowy and because I just wear flats every day to work.

Khaki pants are what I like to wear for casual Friday. They still look professional, but they're comfortable enough for going out after work to the mall, movies, or home to watch Netflix.